MISSISSAUGA, October 28, 2015 – Peel District School Board has announced its support for the Mikey Network’s “Young At Heart” mobile app.
Said Tony Pontes, Peel District School Board’s Director of Education and Secretary’ “this app is a phenomenal educational tool for students. We’re proud to be a part of this initiative as it complements the Board’s commitment to promote healthy, active lifestyles for all students and staff and to ensure their safety.”
In 2014, the Mikey Network “made a gracious commitment to equip a working Mikey defibrillator in each Peel school and worksite…a device that in some cases can be the difference between life or death,” Pontes added.
With a free download from the Apple Store or Google Play, the Mikey Young At Heart App will deliver a life-saving lesson for high school students and provide volunteer hours needed to graduate.
The Mikey Young At Heart App uses videos and quizzes to make learning about CPR and handling Automatic External Defibrillators (AED)fun. The App will also allow students to log and organize their hours from other community service activities. Best of all, students can use the App anywhere they take their smartphone, tablet or computer – it’s that easy.
For years, the Mikey Network has been a leader in putting life-saving automated external defibrillators (called MIKEYs) in schools across the province. Now Mikey wants to build on that connection – by connecting students to the Mikey App.
“We are all becoming more familiar with seeing defibrillators hanging on the walls of schools, arenas and offices. We have heard they’re easy to use – but there are still questions. Would I know what to do? Would I be able to use the defibrillator? Could I save a life? The Mikey App will give you the confidence to say YES to all those questions,” said Mikey Network President, Eva Naumovski.
The survival numbers are staggering when an emergency situation happens and there is a defibrillator available – and someone puts the life-saving machine to work. The odds of surviving from a sudden cardiac arrest are now as high as 75 per cent when a defibrillator is used in time. Nearly 7,000 incidences occur in Ontario each year, mostly in public places, and many to otherwise healthy young people. To date, there have been 28 recorded lives saved from a Mikey defibrillator alone. (See attached Cardiac Fast Facts)
“That’s the focus of the Mikey Network……to see defibrillators in as many locations as possible so they are easily accessible and easy to use, just like the Mikey App,” added Ms. Naumovski.
(High school students available for live demos).
ABOUT THE MIKEY NETWORK
The Mikey Network, founded in 2003, is a registered Canadian charity working to create public awareness and provide education about heart-healthy lifestyles. To date, 1,895 MIKEY defibrillators have been placed across Canada, and 28 lives have now been saved. The Mikey Network was named for Mike Salem, a valued partner at Heathwood Homes and The Heron Group who experienced sudden cardiac arrest and died on a golf course in 2002. Other Mikey Network programs include: Mikey’s Kids – The Mikey At Home Program, The Mikey’s Young At Heart School Defibrillator Program, Mikey On the GO, and Mikey Cops Are Tops. For more information or to donate, visit www.mikeynetwork.com@MikeyNetwork
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